In a study of elementary school teachers, who were observed over the course of a year, it was noted…
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It’s a long tough battle waged on multiple fronts to make progress on getting people to perceive and eliminate their negative biases. I just hope that my piece nudges the needle along a little bit. You can’t transcend or compensate for the biases you have if you don’t know you have them, after all.
Another suggestion I’ve made in other pieces is for people to note how often they include race or gender when they tell a story, even when it doesn’t really apply. For example the driver who cuts you off who is simply “an asshole” if it is a white man, but the “Chinese b….” if she is Asian. The surly postal employee who is a “rude black lady,” but when white, her race isn’t mentioned — just her behavior. It’s true that we tend to add descriptors when we tell stories, which is fine, put it’s a valuable exercise to internally rephrase and ask yourself if you would just say “a pretty girl” if she’s white, but a “pretty Mexican girl” if she‘s Latina.
I live in a fairly gritty urban neighborhood and have interactions with my share of street denizens. When I started to apply this test to myself, I was struck by how strongly I felt compelled to mention if a homeless person was black when I didn’t find it necessary to mention if they were white. 
One of the gifts of prison was that I recognized how much more quickly I would individualize the white men in the dorm — the funny one, the immature one, the angry one, etc — whereas the black guys tended to just be be “black” for much longer before I perceived their individual personalities.
I did correct for that, soon enough. They turned out to be the more interesting characters in my memoir, Ink from the Pen.

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